Originally Posted by georgemartin601
Seems like manufacturer's can pick and choose aspects from each type? As mine say on the label - supports 3D, ARC, 12-bit color, High Speed, TruSpeed(trademarked). It's the 12-bit color that makes me a little nervous. If it's high speed, 3d, ARC, etc., why only 12-bit color? What am I (my parents to be specific) losing? It sounds like the marketing guidelines are meant to actually help consumers, but it also seems manufacturer's can still throw some curveballs in an effort to smoke and mirror you into buying?? thanks to all, good info
You know, a little research goes a long way. The quote below is from the same HDMI Org FAQ that is referenced in so many of the recent appends on this forum. But, rather than have you search, here is what the HDMI Org says about deep color,
"Deep Color: HDMI 1.3 supports 10-bit, 12-bit and 16-bit (RGB or YCbCr) color depths, up from the 8-bit depths in previous versions of the HDMI specification, for stunning rendering of over one billion colors in unprecedented detail."
So, that you are worried about 12-bit color depth is actually amusing. Remember 12-bits is per pel (I think I wrote this two appends earlier). So you're actually talking about 36-bits per pixel. 24 bit color (8-bits per pel) is pretty much standard while some devices allow for 12-bit color depth. Many manufacturers actually only effectively use 10-bits of the 12-bits, even when deep color is provided on a video device.
So, if you want to worry about something that you'll notice on your parents' set, deep color isn't it. Spend your time worrying about whether you'll get a picture or not due to HDCP or EDID or a bad cable.
Once again - it's a digital cable. It sends bits - it doesn't know what the bits are. It doesn't even choose which things to send - that's up to the chipsets.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_depth